Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X, was found dead inside her Brooklyn home Monday evening, according to two senior police officials.
The 56-year-old Shabazz was found unconscious and unresponsive inside her home on East 28th Street in Midwood just before 4:30 p.m., the police officials told NBC New York. She was later pronounced dead.
The city’s medical examiner responded to the scene and said the incident was not deemed suspicious. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Shabazz, one of the twins and one of six siblings, was born after their father was killed.
Her death comes less than a week after two of Malcolm X’s convicted killers were exonerated following decades of doubt about who was responsible for the civil rights icon’s death.
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In reaction to Shabazz’s sudden death, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, wrote: “I’m deeply saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz.“ My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.”